Review: Springbank Distillery Visitors 2015

Category: Campbeltown single malt whisky

Origin: Springbank Distillery

Bottling: J & A Mitchell & Company private bottling 5cl miniature for distillery visitors

ABV: unknown Cask Strength

Cost: Free with tour

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What they say:

On the Springbank Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to journey through our historic distillery, which has been on the same site since 1828.

As the only distillery in Scotland to complete 100% of the process on site, you’ll have the chance to see each and every step of the whisky making process before enjoying a cask strength dram of Springbank and taking away a miniature to enjoy at home.

Tours run Monday to Saturday at 10am and 1:30pm.

For further information and bookings please call 01586 551 710 or email tours@springbankwhisky.com

COST: £7 per person

What I say:

Received following our tour of the Springbank & Glengyle distilleries during our visit to Campbeltown. I’m sure I read or heard a rumour that these miniatures are filled from a hand-selected cask which has matured Springbank for at least 10 years and is a 1st fill bourbon cask – though these may just be speculations?

Colour:

Light amber/dark champagne gold (8/20) fine tears leave super-fine legs

Nose:

Rich & sweet honey, golden syrup, vanilla, crème brulee, sugared almonds, marzipan, slightly oily & dirty & spritzy/citric?, creamy vanilla milkshake, gentle fruits, peaches and a touch of sweet Sicilian lemonade with fresh lemons

Taste:

Smooth, toffee, vanilla fudge, butterscotch, tannic and drying leather, caramel, chewy, salty, sherbet, honey, crème brulee, sour lemon and grapefruit becomes savoury and slightly meaty

Finish:

Medium-long, fizzy lemonade, spiced pepper, shoe leather and rum fudge

Overall:

Just lovely, a touch tannic and spicy in the finish but carries it well. I may just have to visit again soon!

Score: 88/100

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